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minister says things are are changing. >> translator: joining the new production system will help secure the stable purchase of this jet. >> reporter: his chief cabinet secretary said the change will benefit japan in many ways. >> translator: the participation in the production of the f-35 will nurture, maintain and enhance the technological expertise in defense equipment production. therefore, it will greatly contribute to japan's defense. >> reporter: japanese lawmakers brought in something called the three principles on arms exports in the 1960s. they essentially banned weapons exports to communist bloc nations, countries subjected to arms export embargoes under u.n. security council resolutions, and countries involved in or likely to be involved in international conflicts. exporting arms parts or technology to make arms was also in principle prohibited. some exceptions were made over the years for the united states. in 2011, prime minister yoshihiko noda effectively relaxed the three principles. he allowed the joint development and transfer of equipment under certain conditions. then
's not clear whether this will do anything to change north korea's behavior immediately. we've heard some hostile rhetoric over the last few days. to borrow u.s. ambassador rice's words the sanctions are designed to bite hard. for instance, there have been cases reported to the u.n. sanctions committee of north korean agents carrying cash in bulk. the effectiveness will depend on how measures are implemented in each country and to make the sanctions work member nations must cooperate in exchanging information regarding north korea's activities and act upon them. >> thanks very much. >> they threatened t u.s. with a preemptive strike. >> the officials said countermeasures will be necessary if the u.s. does not change what they called its hostile attitude. they accused the u.s. of trying to spark a nuclear war. they said they will exercise their right to a preemptive attack on what they called the headquarters of the aggressors. the aurves officer told the crowd that north korea is ready to fire a nuclear missile at washington, d.c. state run tv broadcast the rally. military personnel and c
about her change of heart last year. video showed them protesting development of a copper mine. people in the country were eager to see how aung san suu kyi will react. >> translator: i'll do all i can to resolve the issue, but i can't guarantee i'll achieve what you all expect. >> reporter: her neutral remarks indicated she's trying to avoid conflict with the military. she's recently been seen conversing with high-ranking officers in parliament. and reports surfaced last month that she received a large donation from a businessman with close ties to the military. some people are voicing concerns. >> translator: aung san suu kyi should be more careful about her relations with military officials. >> reporter: but a close aide says she has a larger goal in mind. >> our concern is that in 2015, she will be 70, quite old. she can become a president, so we are making a lot of gamble. >> reporter: but getting elected as leader may be difficult. she will face many challenges under the constitution created by the generals. it bars aung san suu kyi from becoming president on the ground that she
radiation levels around fukushima daiichi have not changed and say the system's mechanism that cools the melted fuel in reactors one, two and three has not been affected. >>> researchers in japan have come up with a tool that could help people in many countries reduce the risk of a leading cause of death. they've created a formula to calculate the chances of having a stroke. all people have to do is answer seven questions. fujita health university professor hiroshi yatsuya and his colleagues studied 15,000 men and women across japan. they looked at their daily habits and health data. then they came up with seven factors linked to strokes, such as smoking, obesity, diabetes, and blood pressure. using these factors, people in their 40s to 60s can determine the possibility they'll have a stroke in the next decade. they can also find out the condition of their blood vessels. for example, a 50-year-old diabetic male smoker with other health problems faces a risk of 12% to 15% and he has the blood vessels of an 85-year-old. professor yatsuya says he hopes the formula will encourage people
change rapidly. the overall drop offsets a rise in energy charges such as for electricity and gasoline and largely attributed to falling prices of household appliances as well as air fares and overseas tours. ov over in the united states democrats and republicans have failedo find middle ground. the budget cuts around $85 billion are likely to kick in on friday. plans by both democrats and republicans for ways around the cuts were rejected on thursday at the senate. senate democratic leader harry reid criticized republicans. he said they are trying to protect the interest of the wealthy. >> want to close tax loopholes and ask millionaires to pay a little more. >> the president talks about closing loopholes but only as a solution to fund more government spending >> republican house speaker john boehner reiterated his party's stance that they will not compromise unless the governments and democrats drop their call for tax hikes. the cuts will not immediately affect people's lives but they could weigh on airport, education and welfare. obama is set to continue talks on friday with top law
little changed against the yen. the euro against the yen is now changing hands at 121.55-60. and in other markets in the asia pacific, south korea's kospi is trading higher by almost 2/3 of a percent. 2,028. let's see what's going on in australia. the benchmark index is up by 1%. 5,128. >>> japanese prime minister shinzo abe plans to announce his decision late next week to join the talks for a free trade deal under the transpacific partnership. >> translator: i will pursue what's best for japan. following talks last month with u.s. president barack obama. i will make the final decision. after taking into account our discussions with the u.s. and those within my liberal democratic party. >> abe said progress is under way in preliminary talks. that's on issues related to the automotive and insurance sectors, two areas of concern for the u.s. on autos the plan is for the u.s. to gradually remove tariffs on imported japanese cars. another option being considered is for japan to accept more american vehicles through simpler customs procedures. on other sectors, including agricultu agriculture,
it passed the lower chamber. the gang raim rape of a woman in december prompted the changes. she died later of her injuries. she was 23 years old. indians have been demanding more protection for women after a number of other sex crimes. they say police are not doing enough to catch those responsible. officials have instructed the operator of the fukushima plant to install more backup power. employees struggled for more than a day. >> reporter: we told them to supply multiple power sources and implement other efforts as quickly as possible to restore public confidence in the safety of the plan. the handling has greatly damaged public trust. >> tepco officials failed to report the problem promptly. they ordered them to improve their risk management. it took crews more than day to restore power to all the cooling systems. >>> march 20th anniversary. iraqi leaders remain confidence that renewed oil production will help pave the way for prosperity. they are already investing more in the region to meet growing energy demand around the world. >> reporter: the ground beneath the deserts of southern
that they'd better change their plan and decide to move the base outside of okinawa. it would be the best and quickest way to settle the issue. my view remains unchanged. >> they will decide in the next eight months whether to approve the application after more inspections and hearings are held. >>> prime minister shinzo abe promise barack obama last month he would see to the quick relocation of the air station. >>> a group of victims of one of the biggest food poisoning cases ever in japan has received some disappointing news. they've been trying to get compensation but a court in western japan says too many years have passed since the poisoning occurred. nhk world has the story. >> reporter: this woman has suffered from asthma and joint pain for more than four decades. she's 59 years old. she's asked us to hide her identity. she's one of dozens of plaintiffs in a case against a japanese company. >> translator: the tainted cooking oil ruined all my dreams. i wish i were healthy again. >> reporter: the oil poisoning incident is one of japan's biggest food poisoning cases. it happened at t
signs of vitality. here in japan the japanese government beginning steps to implement major changes after decades of inflation. concerns are coming from europe and affecting global markets. let's see how we're opening up here. the markets this time yesterday got a big boost. we did see the euro surge. the relief seems to be short lived as we're seeing in the opening lels. the rescue deal for cyprus could serve as a template for other european countries with strug e struggling banks. that comment really heightens some of the worries in global markets that the deal that was made may result in more problems down the road. now a bit of a negative reaction here in tokyo. we also might see which is a bit of a worry is a return to safer assets by investors including the yen. >> many investors watching the yen's movement. the japanese currency has been on a major weakening trend. where do we stand this tuesday morning? >> that's a big focus. you mentioned the moves by prime minister abe. let's look at some of the currency levels here and the pairs today. we've seen some volatility with the
. dollar/yen 94.36 to 41. that could change. eu euro/yen 120.62 to 64. two trading days left for there month. we'll be keeping a close eye on the yen and how that affects key blue chip stocks financials as well as real estate shares here. >> thanks for that update. mitsubishi may have identified the cause of a short circuit. the company has suspended production of the vehicle. it had partly melted from overheating. they are warning owners not to recharge the battery. pre-shipment inspections have found metal chips and other objects in the battery. some of the objects may have entered the battery during production and still passed inspection. they plan to increase sales of its plug in hybrid and electric cars. it wants to produce production to more than 20% of out put by the end of thedecade. thcompany willinime the battery fault by quickly identifying the cause. his government is seriously considering the adoption of the bullet train. they plan to build a rapid network across the nation. visiting minister says his government acknowledges the high quality of the train system.
the old leadership and the upcoming administration? >> china's international status has already changed. no matter what their personal orientation they prefer and they have to adopt a china foreign policy according to the china's new international status. the conflict between china and u.s. will become deepen and widened. so from my understanding china's policy, these potential conflicts, escalating, first. during the cold war, and there's no social contact, no social, economic, cultural contact between u.s. and the soviet union. so from my understanding the chinese government will carry out policy and based on the people's contact to be continued and also preventing military confrontation between china and the u.s. >> reporter: so there you have it. two different chinese academics with two different views of china's new leadership. professor jong as we heard is critical of the government. i was actually quite surprised about how outspoken he was. he blasted government officials for liberally spending public money on expensive meals and travel. and he accused leaders of using the disput
for park. >>> japanese have paused to remember a day that changed all the days that followed. they stopped on monday for the anniversary of the most powerful earthquake recorded. two years ago a magnitude nine earthquake shook home, offices and neighborhoods. the quake triggered another danger offshore. tsunami waves more than 10 meters high slammed into the coast and brought down buildings all along it. the disasters trigger another inside fukushima. reactors at the nuclear plant melted down. more than 20,000 people were killed or listed as missing. that number includes those who died during or after the evacuation. government figures show that as of last month more than 300,000 people were still living in temporary housing with relatives or in other impermanent situations. authorities plan to bring more than 23,000 public housing units for those that can't build their home. as of last month workers had only compeleted 84. crews have only managed to clean up about 20% of the nearly 180,000 units. >>> prime minister abe has pledged to draw up a reconstruction road map that will enable many
the government, but one expert suggests that china's approach to leadership is changing along with the names of the people at the top. >> i think the emerging leadership will be more kind of a group leadership rather than the leadership dominated by a charismatic leader. so i would not differentiate xi jinping and li keqiang. >> reporter: on the political front, the public is intensifying its demands for freedom of expression. there have also been mass protests against pollution, inequality and corruption. former premier wen often called for political reform, but the issue remained on the back burner during his time in office. li must provide a direction to address this pressing issue. however, takagi says that if li tries to push through reforms, he will face an uphill battle. >> whether or not a new administration or a new leadership can implement these reforms is very difficult to tell because there will be a lot of resistance to this. taken in, business leaders within china's communist party might act as the obstacle to the reform because their interests has to be preserved. >> reporter:
and missile interceptor systems, the state-run television chang its regular programming on wednesday evening to report on the drills. >> korean central television says the country's air force and artillery units proved that they are prepared against any enemy attack. it says veral drones carried out mock attacks targeting ground targets. it also says a missile shot down an object mimicking a low flying u.s. tomahawk cruz missile. kc-tv says kim told the commanders he could issue an attack order at any time if the country's enemies make threatening moves. it quotes him as saying he would give orders to destroy military installations in any war zone and also u.s. bases in the pacific. earlier this month north korea's leadership unilaterally declared that it had nullified the 1953 truce th ended fighting inhe kore war. >>> engineers at japan's fukushima daiichi nuclear plant say an animal could have been to blame for a power failure earlier this week. the partial blackout temporarily disabled equipment that cools thousands of spent nuclear fuel rods. tokyo electric power company traced the caus
encouraged investors to buy the dollar. taking a look at the euro against the yen that's changing handing against 121.98. taking a look at other markets in the asia pacific. seoul's kospi we will keep track of trade moves for you over the course of the day. >>> u.s. democrats and republicans are seeking ways to prevent the expiring of the provisional budget from adversely affecting people's lives. congress has yet to enact this year's budget due to disagreements between the two parties. the republican controlled house of representatives passed a bill on wednesday to extend the budget until the end of september. it approved a bill that says the part that includes defense spending will be exempt from automatic spending cuts. other items including education and transportation should also be exempt from the cuts. they plan to deliberate related bills next week in the senate where they hold a majority. both parties agree that measures should be taken to prevent the expiration of the professional budget from affecting some administrative services as well as offices excepting insurance applicati
for next fiscal year but the plans show little change. these are tax hikes for the rich. democrats want a review of tax deductions for the wealthy. they aim to reduce revenue by billions of dollars and cut spending by the same amount. barack obama aims to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over four years. republicans want a cut of $4.6 trillion. they plan to achieve that goal by slashing social security programs and abolishing the health care reform promoted by the president. they're opposing further tax hikes on the rich. the country is running on a provisional budget and there's no sign the two parties can narrow their differences any time soon. president obama said the country's finances will be on sustainable footing for the next ten years. >> we are only do revenue if we gut medicare or gut social security or gut medicaid. if that's the position we're probably not going to get a deal. >> that's the latest this hour. we'll have a check on market figures. >>> dcefense and security firms are competing to win the order. foreign businessmen have starts to invest in iraq encouraged by recon
at 93.40 to 45. the euro is little changed against the yen. that pair is being quoted at 121.68 to 75. participants are waiting for possible developments at europe's finance minister's meeting later on tuesday. now let's take a look at the yield on be benchmark tenure. japanese government bonds fell below 0.6%. the yield is at 0.598%. investors are expecting the bank of japan will step up bond buying operations. that's sending the yields lower. let's take a look at the other markets. the kospi is up by .8 of a percent. and in australia the benchmark index is trading higher. recent yen weakness and bad weather in producer countries led to an increase in import prices of material used to make cook oil like soybean, grape seed, olives and sesame seeds. officials say that cooking oil prices will go up between 10 and 15%. prices of olive oil and sesame oil will be raised more than 10%. j oil mills officials have announced similar increases. retailers are expected to raise prices of those items sometime in april or later. prime minister has been calling on corporate japan to wage raises and
system is still working. radiation around fukushima has not changed. >>> disaster management officials in japan havereleased some statistics they know are shocking but they know will help people prepare. damage from an earthquake that's expected to hit any time could reach $2.3 trillion in a worse case scenario. that's more than twice the current budget. it could trigger a magnitude 8.1 earthquake. the probability of it happening in the next 30 years is 70 to 80%. say in the worst case scenario the quake and the resulting issue th iss tsunami would kill more than 300,000 people. damage to housing, businesses and factory could top $1.5 trillion. another $210 billion would have to be spent to repair roads and railways. >> translator: we have taken the worst-case scenario to improve our crisis management. the figures are severe, buwe want the public to understand in a calm manner what would happen if a megaquake occurred. >> officials plan to compile new strategies within a year to minimize possible damages. >>> japanese government officials say north korea has violated united nations tra
, the scenery changes. a thick blanket of snow covers the icy sheets. it is less slippery but it's bumpy. more punishment for tired legs. am. >> he is ruggling. >> it's tough. my legs won't move. >> i don't think i can break my record. >> reporter: a little over three hours and the first runners are beginning to cross the finish line. they show a mixture of joy and relief. >> second. >> second. >> you should be happy. >> you are happy. >> reporter: here comes hig iic. he finished in 4 hours 35 minutes. 10 minutes slower than his best record. >> translator: i want to run this race every year. it's a good opportunity to appreciate the greatness that mother nature. >> reporter: the ice is no holiday, a tough event for a tough environment. for these visitors, there is no better way to appreciate the cold beauty of siberia. "nhk world." >> it certainly isn't as cold in tokyo as areas around the lake but people here are wearing their warm jackets today. meteorologist sayaka mori will tell us when things will warm up. >> the hi could drop 10 degrees below. the reason for that weather in central japan
prepared for such an event. tepco president says tepco needs to fundamentally change its approach to safety. >> translator: we believe we don't have the right to operate nuclear plants if we fail to carry out these reforms. >> nuclear experts have spent the past couple years trying to understand exactly what went wrong at fukushima daiichi. the earthquake and tsunami in march 2011 triggered meltdowns in three reactors. nhk has been investigating the chain of events during the accident. we looked at how crews on site used fire engines to inject water to keep one reactor cool and why this plan failed. >> workers at fukushima daiichi faced a station blackout on march 11, 2011, a loss of all backup power. reactor 1 was the first unit to melt down. reactors 3 and 2 followed. during our investigation, we learned that before the meltdown in reactor 3, a battery continued to power the unit's emergency cooling system. engineers with plant operator tokyo electric power company tried different ways to pump water into the unit before the battery died. none worked, so they decided to use fire engines. t
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